New Mexico Bus Accident Attorney
Injured in a Serious Bus Accident? Work with New Mexico Bus Crash Lawyers.
Bus accidents are common—and commonly result in life-altering injuries. If you have been injured in a bus accident, it is vital to contact an attorney as quickly as possible. At Arnold & Itkin, our New Mexico bus accident attorneys are committed to the success of our clients, and we help them obtain the best possible results for their case. Our lawyers are fully invested in every client we work with—ready to assist them at every step.
Benefits of working with Arnold & Itkin include:
- We have recovered billions of dollars.
- Our cases have set records in multiple states.
- Our clients have won hundreds of results worth $1 million or more
- We have been recognized for our work with national and local awards.
- You only pay our firm if we win your case!
If you have been injured by a bus as a passenger, motorist, or pedestrian, speak with our bus accident lawyers. We’ve represented thousands throughout the country and won billions for their recovery, helping them afford medical care, replace their income, and provide for their families.
Call (888) 493-1629 to review your options with an attorney for free.
The Dangers of Public Transportation & Bus Accidents
Individuals in bus accidents are likely to experience major injuries. Research shows that 63,000 buses are involved in an accident each year—leading to 14,000 injuries and more than 300 fatalities. Virtually every factor that contributes to a bus accident is preventable, from training drivers adequately to enforcing safe hiring practices. Most bus accident injuries would not happen if companies exercised safety.
Accident factors included the following causes:
- Inadequately-trained drivers
- Negligent bus drivers
- Bus drivers under the influence
- Lack of safety restraints
- Improperly maintained buses
Maintenance issues are often ignored by bus operators to enlarge profits. However, bus maintenance is a major safety issue—since buses are large, they subject their brakes to tremendous pressure and must be frequently examined to ensure they won’t fail and cause an accident. When maintenance is ignored, an overloaded or crowded bus can lead to bus accidents and injuries.
Why Injuries from New Mexico Bus Accidents Are Common
In New Mexico alone, the Department of Transportation reported that 377 bus accidents occur yearly. Although this may seem like a small amount, on average more than one hundred people lose their lives in bus accidents annually, suggesting that nearly 1 in 3 bus accidents are fatal. Buses are commonly used for community transportation and for students. About 25 million children ride the bus to school nationwide, and many of these deaths are caused by school bus accidents annually.
The Fatal Bus Crash North of Albuquerque in July 2018
In July 2018, 3 people died and 24 were injured in a bus accident involving a passenger bus, semi-truck, pickup truck, and car. The accident took place on a New Mexico highway north of Albuquerque. Authorities believe the bus driver took little precaution to avoid colliding with a disabled car on the side of the road—as a result, all vehicles were severely damaged in the accident. Victims of the accident suffered broken bones and lacerations to the head, among other injuries.
Factors in Serious Bus Accident Injuries
One of the reasons bus accidents cause severe injuries is the lack of safety equipment. It is common for buses not to have seat belts—despite nationwide laws that require passengers to wear seatbelts in virtually every other vehicle. Not only do the majority of buses not have seatbelts, but their roofs and windows also lack adequate protection. When a bus is involved in an accident, it is likely for top-heavy vehicles like a bus to flip on the road. With the lack of roof and window protection, it is likely that this can increase the severity of passenger injuries.
Bus accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Call New Mexico Bus Accident Lawyers Today: (888) 493-1629
Many buses are operated by government entities, making it difficult to recover from the damages after an accident. Even if you have been injured on a privately-owned bus, filing an accident complaint is more difficult than a normal car accident. For these reasons, it is important to file a bus complaint within days of the incident. Action must be taken to preserve a claim against the responsible party.
Arnold & Itkin has successfully recovered billions in verdicts and settlements, and we know what it takes to successfully help you do the same. We are here to do everything we can to help you recover from the damages suffered. When we take a case, we cover the expense upfront from start to finish, allowing our clients to focus on getting better. Call our New Mexico bus accident lawyers today!
Call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation—you owe it to yourself to know your options.